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Curveball by Christopher Wright


One stormy night in New York City, America’s greatest superhero is murdered in his home. Liberty is dead, murdered by his oldest living enemy. The only clue he leaves behind is an encrypted file he sent to his best friend: former sidekick, former arch-enemy, the villain-turned-hero Curveball.

One hot night in Farraday City, CB shows up at his favorite bar and learns that his best friend has been murdered. But there’s a problem: Liberty was the greatest unarmed combatant the world had ever seen. The story surrounding his death makes no sense.

CB will travel to New York, reconnect with old friends, forge new alliances with old enemies, and try to unravel the mystery he knows, and then the mystery he will, very shortly, uncover:

Who murdered Liberty?

What is Project Recall?

Note: Curveball contains some harsh language.

An ongoing series, with new episodes monthly

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Listed: Jul 31, 2012


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Punk rock superhero

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Dec 16, 2012: Doesn’t that sound intriguing?

Instead of reading the first two chapters, you could listen to them in a podcast. I recommend that – Wright has a good reading voice. The debut scene is breathtaking. A man sits in a penthouse apartment, listening to In the Mood over and over. He’s feeling nostalgic. Something is about to happen. He sends an email. Suddenly, assassins attack!

The second chapter is completely different, as we switch to a different character and a different scene, in which a would-be bank-robbing supervillain is rebuked for his cheesy style. At this point the reader is wondering, what will this story be like? Intense and heroic, or goofy and off the wall?

The answer is "mostly intense", but the hero is a wisecracking punk rock fan who may appear more off-the-wall than heroic at first. He, gasp, smokes cigarettes like a chimney, or an old-style detective novel "Dick", and as another character points out, that’s not even cool anymore. But don’t get him mad. As the bad guys find out, he’s more than he seems.

After starting off at the end of two divergent branches, the story takes its time getting to, shall we say, the point. The extended setup sometimes seems a bit jumpy from episode to episode, but it’s all good. Curveball takes place in an America just like the present day, except there are superpowers. There are also politics, and corruption, and conspiracy, and therein lies the tale.

A strong contribution to the superpowers genre, with a different sort of hero.

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Superhero Mystery

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Dec 24, 2013: From the beginning of this story, I liked how the author not only throws the reader into the deep end, action and story-wise, but I also liked the way he mixes a fairly straightforward superhero-type story with a more traditional mystery. As the story really begins, the protagonist, Curveball, is drawn back into the superhuman circles he used to frequent through the killing of one of his former comrades. The mystery centers around the fact that the man is so well-liked, both among heroes and villains alike, that no one [more . . .]

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First Fifteen Review

By zephy669, author of Cruise Control

Aug 4, 2015: Snapshot

Curveball is an action story set in a contemporary setting altered by superheroes. The story starts with the murder of America’s greatest hero, Liberty, who sent out an encrypted email to the man who had been his sidekick, Curveball. The story isn’t really about who murdered Liberty, but about what lies within that email, which the first fifteen installments doesn’t get into, but sets the stage for.

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For comic book fans who don’t like pictures

By MaddiroseX, author of Twisted Cogs

Mar 21, 2016: I mentioned in a recent review that the superhero genre is glutted right now, especially in the serial world. Given that glut, one might be reluctant to give yet another superhero serial a try, but I hasten to reassure potential readers, this isn’t a superhero story, despite the superpowers present in the serial.

Curveball is a comic book, plain and simple, one that happens to have no pictures. I was extremely skeptical after reading what the author was trying to do [more . . .]

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Wow, this is freaking awesome!

By alex5927, author of Umbra: Unsanctimonious

Jul 26, 2014: This review is based off of the first twelve issues. I’ll admit, when I started Curveball, expectations were a bit low. I never was one for books whose titles could be construed as comedic even though they aren’t supposed to be (I’m kinda superficial). However, I was pleasantly surprised by how good it is. It reminded me of Watchmen a little bit, but not enough for me to call it a Hunger Games/Battle Royale situation. Talking about the plot without giving any spoilers is going to be difficult, so I’ll [more . . .]

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